'A tremendous play... Judith Roddy is superb... Ryan gives full value to Harrower’s poetic text'Guardian
'Yaël Farber… confirms the play’s status as a modern classic with a revival that doesn’t slacken its grip'Daily Telegraph
'Fascinating... there are moments that are joltingly moving... Yaël Farber tackles the piece with characteristic weight and intelligence'Times
'Earthquake intense... Roddy is excellent… Cooke is also impressive'Time Out
'Highly recommended... hypnotically powerful account of David Harrower's extraordinary debut play'Independent
'A perfect match of director and play... electrifyingly acted'LONDON THEATRE
KNIVES IN HENS
'A tremendous play' Guardian
'A modern classic' Daily Telegraph
'Highly recommended' Independent
★★★★ Daily Telegraph | ★★★★ Guardian | ★★★★ Independent | ★★★★ Times | ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★ Mark Shenton, London Theatre | ★★★★ City AM
'I have no name for the thing which is in my head. It is not envy. It is more than envy. It does not scare me. I must look close enough to discover what it is.'
A ploughman and his wife live a simple existence in a pre-industrial time until they, along with the hated local miller, are drawn into a struggle of knowledge, power and attraction.
David Harrower's haunting play established him as one of the UK's leading contemporary playwrights. Multi-award-winning director Yaël Farber brings her own distinctive style to this tense, modern classic.
Photo of Judith Roddy by Daniel Kennedy
Rehearsal and production photography by Marc Brenner
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in order of speaking
Young Woman JUDITH RODDY
Pony William CHRISTIAN COOKE
Gilbert Horn MATT RYAN
Director YAËL FARBER
Designer SOUTRA GILMOUR
Lighting Designer TIM LUTKIN
Sound Designer CHRISTOPHER SHUTT
Composer ISOBEL WALLER-BRIDGE
Movement Director IMOGEN KNIGHT
Casting ALASTAIR COOMER CDG
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